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#1531 Dreams2011

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    Posted 07 February 2011 - 10:38 AM

    We left the deposit on our travel in June as well as providing the resort with the information to charge our credit card for the deposit in June. The remainder of our travel was paid in full in August then the deposit for the wedding was charged 2 weeks or so later.



    #1532 Cass423

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      Posted 07 February 2011 - 12:55 PM

      Getting married at DPV in April.  I feel like I should be planning more right now.  I am working through Destination Weddings and with Rebecca on-site.  So far Destination has been fantastic, and Rebecca is very helpful as well.  All of my guests are able to work directly with Destination Weddings for their travel plans.  It sounds like most of them are opting for the first tower.  We are staying in the Perferred club.  We have booked the ultimate package and our photography is included.  From other reveiws I have seen their photographer does a wonderful job.



      #1533 m1984

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        Posted 07 February 2011 - 06:33 PM

        uh oh.. now i'm really worried. a total of 26 of us booked and paid in full december 1st. nothing has come out on our card. okay i am sending an email right now!



        #1534 Crystal1880

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          Posted 07 February 2011 - 07:38 PM

          Hi ladies. I was wondering if anybody had the chicken ads steak combo with marrow and black pepper sauce for their entree? Did it include veggies or some other side?



          #1535 PalapaGirl

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            Posted 08 February 2011 - 01:10 PM

            I have a follow-up to Crystal1880's question---did anyone try any of the fish dishes included in the gold package menu, and were they good?  I'm offering my guests a steak option (the chicken and steak combo in marrow and black pepper sauce, minus the chicken) and a fish option (I can't decide which one!).

             

            Here are the options Louise sent me:

            MAIN COURSE

            Chicken breast filled with fine herbs and mushrooms

            Fish filet Provence style in a sweet mango sauce

            BBQ chicken served with mashed potatoes and various buttered vegetables

            Combination of steak and chicken with a flavorful bone marrow in a black pepper sauce

            Fish filet "Vizcaina Style" filled with zucchini accompanied by Parisian potatoes

            Chicken breast forester (mushrooms, little onion and bacon)

            Chicken breast Provence style stuffed with vegetables and served with buttered potatoes

            Fish filet stuffed with cheese and green pepper mousse

            Chicken stuffed with squash blossoms

             

            Also, here are the Mexican Canape options she sent me for the cocktail hour, which all sound delicious.  Did anyone have a favorite?

            COLD
            Ceviche in chalup
            Guacamole and salsa with totopos
            Tostadas of beef salpicon
            Panela cheese in chipotle sauce
            Chile stuffed with tuna salad
            Acapulco shrimp ceviche on tartlets

            HOT
            Mini tamales
            Mini tacos dorados
            Chicken and cheese turnovers
            Sopes with Mexican sausage
            Chile popper



            #1536 Dreams2011

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              Posted 09 February 2011 - 10:49 AM

              We didn't have any of the gold menu main courses as we requested more traditional Mexican options instead, however, we did have 5 of the Mexican canapes. We choose the following:

               

              Ceviche in Chalupa
              Gaucamole & salsa with totopas
              Acapulco shrimp cavishe on tartlets
              Sopas with Mexican Sausage
              Chile Popper
              Boursin cheese canape (this one was not from the Mexican choices, but was really good)

               

              These were all super tasty...I liked the last 2 the best from what I remember (I recall others raving about the Boursin cheese as well). The chile poppers were not very hot either if you were worried about that.

               



              #1537 KarenM

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                Posted 10 February 2011 - 01:10 PM



                Originally Posted by Crystal1880 

                Hi ladies. I was wondering if anybody had the chicken ads steak combo with marrow and black pepper sauce for their entree? Did it include veggies or some other side?


                That's what we had & it was very good. Came with mixed veggies (carrots, green beans) & mashed potatoes.

                 

                 

                for the cocktail hour we had:

                Guacamole and salsa with totopos
                Tostadas of beef salpicon
                Acapulco shrimp ceviche on tartlets

                Mini tamales

                we also picked chicken tenders for the kids to eat.



                #1538 SarahBen2011

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                  Posted 10 February 2011 - 03:25 PM

                  Question for all the Dreams PV brides out there!  I'm getting mixed emails about the actual timing for our wedding.  Have any of the WC's told you how many hours total you can have your events (ceremony + photos + reception)?  I'd like to have the ceremony 4:30 - 5.  Photos from 5 - 6:15.  Reception 6:30 - 10:30.

                   

                  Has anyone else been able to secure a similar time block?  I'm getting worried that they're going to kick us out or something....

                   

                  Thanks!!!



                  #1539 m1984

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                    Posted 10 February 2011 - 06:47 PM

                    hey guys,

                     

                    so good news to report. i emailed esman about our deposit and he responded the very next day saying he would process it. i'm not sure if it was the URGENT in the heading that did it or if it was him being so responsive but i'm glad that i can get answers when i need them. the actual deposit still hasn't come out yet but it's only been two days.

                     

                    and sarahben2011, sorry i don't know anything about the times either. i'm looking at having the same timing so hopefully someone can comment. our ceremony's at 4:00 actually..

                     

                     

                     

                     

                     



                    #1540 kerrib

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                      Posted 10 February 2011 - 08:01 PM

                      Hey girls!

                      Sorry I have been MIA for a while, this site and thread is my saving grace. This past week was a whirlwind of crazy events starting with my grandmother unexpectedly passing away, my fiance's uncle also passed away, booking drama with guests, and the school I teach at changing our summer from August (when my wedding is) to July. When it rains it pours, right?

                       

                      I had concerns about my timing too, but after reading this thread I found two timelines that I hope will help us out. You just have to take into consideration the time of the year you are getting married as that will determine the true sunset time. If you google sunset times + puerto vallarta, there are a bunch of sites that tell what time sunset is. (I am a little OCD!) Autjo and KarenM had the best time lines posted. See below.
                       

                      Originally Posted by m1984 

                      hey guys,

                       

                      so good news to report. i emailed esman about our deposit and he responded the very next day saying he would process it. i'm not sure if it was the URGENT in the heading that did it or if it was him being so responsive but i'm glad that i can get answers when i need them. the actual deposit still hasn't come out yet but it's only been two days.

                       

                      and sarahben2011, sorry i don't know anything about the times either. i'm looking at having the same timing so hopefully someone can comment. our ceremony's at 4:00 actually..

                       

                       

                       

                       

                       



                       



                      Originally Posted by autjo 

                      Welcome mzbmbastic: The lady who performed our ceremony spoke perfect English. She was sooo nice and everyone thought we had hired her ourselves. Shoot an email to your coordinator to see who would be assigned to your ceremony.

                      Allyson: I put my timeline in the OOT booklet and here's the thread. We ended up modifying a bit due to weather so I listed what we actually did below.


                      Autumn, you guys are hilarious! I love the blow-by-blow with jumping in pools, security showing up & you guys closing all the bars. Too funny. :)


                      We had Lucie Aubert perform our ceremony. She is super sweet, her English is perfect & she did a wonderful job. We were both thrilled! I had emailed our ceremony script to Rebeca a couple weeks before we went and asked if it'd be OK for the officiant to use it & she said that was fine, but we didn't actually know who we were having until Tuesday when we met with Rebeca. They also have a couple stock ceremonies in case you don't want to write your own.

                      Allyson, Rebeca asked if we wanted to do a rehearsal/run-through the day before, but we passed. We didn't think it was necessary and we figured it'd all work out fine. If you want one, though, Rebeca's happy to accommodate you.

                      As far as our timeline, when we met with Rebeca we just gave her a general idea of what we wanted when and she took it from there. Although we knew we would be pressed for time, we were pretty laid back about it and everything worked out perfectly.

                      Our ceremony was scheduled for 6.
                      5:45 - DJ started prelude music while guests got seated.
                      5:45ish - P & the groomsmen came out.
                      6:00, or maybe 5 after, the bridesmaids walked down, then our 3 flower children, then me & my parents. The ceremony lasted maybe 25-30 minutes & then we had everyone stay for a group photo.
                      6:30-6:45 - families & bridal party stayed for more pics while the rest of the guests went to the cocktail hour.
                      We did pics for like 1/2 hr - 45 min & then around 7:15 we went to the end of the cocktail hour.
                      7:30-45 - dinner started. Sometime during dinner P's brother & 2 of my bridesmaids made speeches.
                      8:30ish - cake cutting, which Rebeca announced for us (totally recommend asking her to do this).
                      8:45ish - first dance (Rebeca let the DJ know to transition from the cake-cutting song to first dance song)
                      After the 1st dance we sat down for a minute to eat some cake (delish!!), then the dancing started and we ended just after 10:30.
                      Autumn's not joking - the DJ played the last song at like 10:30 and that was it.

                      (we didn't do father-daughter / mother-son dances or bouquet/garter tosses)

                      Afterward P & I went down to the beach & shared a cigar with a couple friends & then met everyone at the sports bar (which really is more of a dance club). A couple people had their ipods so we used the bar's hookup to play tons of different dance music and we were there til around 1:30.







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